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Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt

B&H # BLIST Mfr # BINTSSHU/THBOLT
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You Pay: $227.05
Product Highlights
  • Uncompressed Data Transfer
  • Up/Down Resolution Conversion
  • HDMI Monitoring for Color Correction
  • Bidirectional Thunderbolt Data Transfer
  • HDMI and Analog Video and Audio Ports
  • SD and HD Video In Full 10-Bit Quality
  • 2 Ch. 24 Bit RCA / 8 Ch. HDMI Audio
  • Inputs On 1 Side/Outputs On Other
  • M.E. Software Solution Included
  • Also Records Video Games

The Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt lets you accomplish one or more of four tasks -- grab footage out of a camera, pass it to a computer, adjust resolution up or down along the way, and, at the same time, or at anytime, connect to a top-quality HDMI monitor and perform color-correction in the best available resolution.

Video gets captured uncompressed, meaning its bits and pieces are let out of their cage -- out of the algorithm that packed them tight onto the camera's memory card -- and are shuttled through to a computer without any further loss, whereas without capacity for uncompressed transfer, not many alternatives can substitute sufficiently.

The transfer from the camera to the Shuttle is done through an HDMI cable, and from the Shuttle to the computer can also be by HDMI, but available on the Shuttle is a Thunderbolt port, which is an advanced data-transfer technology that with a 10Gbps capacity is extremely fast. Thunderbolt is also bidirectional and can thus serve as an input and an output. The receiving computer -- or storage device -- must also be equipped with Thunderbolt. Macs were the first of any devices to be equipped, and all Macs are equipped.

Data does not stay in the Shuttle before moving on to the computer. The Shuttle serves as a pass-through only; and at the data's passing through, resolution can be adjusted to arrive in the computer higher or lower. SD can become HD and vice-versa, so that if you have footage from different cameras shot in different resolutions, you can match them up to look the same.

The Shuttle is a capture-and-playback device, more often referred to as an I/O device for its inputs and outputs. Aside from the HDMI and Thunderbolt connections already mentioned, the Shuttle also has analog video ins and outs, as well as HDMI and RCA audio ins and outs.

The Shuttle is portable, allows many conveniences in transferring footage, affords quality transfers, and delivers video to computers in codecs most recognized by popular editing systems.

Transfer and Monitor and Convert Footage
  • Transfer uncompressed from a camera to a computer
  • Match up resolutions by converting SD to HD and vice-versa
  • Connect to a top-quality HDMI monitor and perform color-correction
Inputs and Outputs
  • Bidirectional 10Gbps Thunderbolt video and audio
  • HDMI, S-Video, component and composite video ins/outs
  • 2 channel 24 bit RCA, and 8 channel HDMI audio ins and outs
Media Express Software Included
  • A complete solution for capture and playback
  • Create playlists, organize clip bins and add metadata
  • Work in QuickTime, AVI, DPX, ProRes, DVCPRO and MJPEG
Additional Features
  • DVD/Blu-Ray authoring and web streaming via compatible software
  • Connect to video game consoles and capture and record your gaming
Video Inputs (1) HDMI
(1) Component
(1) Composite
(1) S-video
Video Outputs (1) HDMI
(1) Component
(1) Composite
(1) S-video
Analog Audio Inputs 2 Channel RCA HiFi audio in 24 bit
Analog Audio Output 2 Channel RCA HiFi audio in 24 bit
HDMI Audio Input 8 Channels
HDMI Audio Output 8 Channels
Computer Interface Thunderbolt
Resolutions Supported HD:
1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 720p50, 720p59.94 and 720p60

SD:
625i/50, 625p PAL and 525i/59.94, 525p NTSC, 480p
Sampling HDMI Video: 4:2:2
HDMI Audio: Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit
HDMI Color Precision: 4:2:2
HDMI Color Space: YUV 4:2:2
Copy Protection For legal reasons HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources
Conversion Colorspace Conversion: Hardware based, real time
HD Down Conversion: Software based down conversion during video playback
HD Up Conversion: Real time standard definition to 1080HD and 720HD during video capture
Effects Real Time Effects:
Avid Media Composer 6 internal effects in DNxHD, XDCAM and uncompressed
Apple Final Cut Pro internal effects in DV, DVCPRO HD, ProRes and uncompressed on Intel Mac OS X
Adobe Premiere Pro Mercury Playback Engine effects in DV, MJPEG, DVCPRO HD, DSLR, AVCHD, XDCAM, XDCAM HD and uncompressed
Firmware Upgrade Firmware built into software driver. Loaded at system start, or via updater software
Compatibility Requires Thunderbolt-equipped computer/storage device
Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt
  • Media Express Software
  • Disk Speed Test
  • Blackmagic System Preferences
  • Blackmagic Driver
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Blackmagic DesignIntensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt
     
    3.7

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    70%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (12)
    • Professional quality (12)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Highly compatible (5)

    Cons

    • Limited compatibility (6)
    • Lacks functionality (4)
    • Poor design (3)
    • Poor performance (3)
    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • In the studio (11)
    • Independent films (9)
    • Home movies (8)
    • Multimedia (5)
    • Complex projects (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (8), Professional artist (6), Enthusiast (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (20)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works exactly as advertised!

    To all of you who are thinking about buying this box: go for it. I'm using it even as I write this review. It's been worth every penny.

    I...Read complete review

    To all of you who are thinking about buying this box: go for it. I'm using it even as I write this review. It's been worth every penny.

    I bought this I/O box to digitize a huge bunch of film-to-tape transfers off of Betacam SP. In combination with the Media Express software, the box has worked flawlessly. Not one hiccup that I could blame Blackmagic Design for.

    I have a Late 2011 MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt. The stock internal hard drive has proven to be totally fast enough to handle the capturing of this component video/analog audio content. (I can't vouch for HD capturing.)

    Two important tips:
    1) Disregard the software that ships with your Intensity Shuttle box. Instead, download the software from Blackmagic Design's web site. (The newest versions are on the web site.)

    2) Configure your capture settings first before you run the Media Express software. Do this by opening up your System Preferences. Look for the "Other" section at the bottom of the System Preferences window. You'll see a Blackmagic Design button in that section. (I thought the placement of these settings was a little tricky and not totally intuitive, but it's not a deal breaker. That's why I'm sharing it here.)

    Bottom line: if you need to digitize old analog material, and you have a computer with Thunderbolt, this I/O box is a Swiss army knife of conversion standards. Buy it without hesitation.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Analog transfer is complicated

    I recently purchased the Intensity Shuttle with thunderbolt to use with my i7 iMac. The purpose was to capture video from a VCR and an analog tape Sony camcorder in an uncompressed format for...Read complete review

    I recently purchased the Intensity Shuttle with thunderbolt to use with my i7 iMac. The purpose was to capture video from a VCR and an analog tape Sony camcorder in an uncompressed format for editing in imovie. I had been using a H.264 low-end capture device and it worked like a charm but the captured quality was poor. I did alot of research and reading of these forums before buying the BMIS. I noticed many users had issues capturing analog, but since I could return it within 30 days, I thought I'd give it a try. Thanks to those who posted on this site (esp Todd from Ohio), I knew to download the software directly & not use the installation disc. All was fine until I hooked up the vcr - blank screen and then a few blips of images -- "flickering" as someone called it. I hooked up the camcorder and the same thing but more flashes of images. I was about ready to return it and then.....More research: a time base corrector was needed? I don't think so!! I thought to hook up the combo VCR/DVD recorder unit we had with our TV & use it as an output to the shuttle. I theorized that it would have whatever was needed to optimize analog to digital for the purposes of direct DVD recording. And it worked. I also connected the camcorder to this unit and ran the video through it to the shuttle. So those of you who can't get analog capture to work, try using this type of set-up. I have a Panasonic DMR-EZ48V. Also, when you notice you get no audio through media express during capture, it is not the computer's fault. The tech at BlackMagic told me to connect speakers to the audio-out on the shuttle. Have yet to do this, since now I have to buy an adapter. The audio does capture (tested later in quicktime) but you can't hear it while the capture is taking place. Sometimes you can hear the audio on playback within media express and sometimes not. I am still within my return period, so the jury is still out. I will import to imovie to edit and then burn to dvd. Hope the interlacing effect will not show in the final result. The main drawback to this product is minimal information about the settings, etc. This takes a huge amount of time.

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    4.0

    Works, but had audio delay

    By Livestreamer

    from New York City

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Not Enough Audio Tools

      Best Uses

      • Multimedia

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

      Works well, I had audio delay when trying to use this for live streaming from Google+ Hangouts On Air, but was able to get around this by building a separate audio chain using a usb preamp interface.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      4.0

      Greatness in a box

      By Areyes

      from Nyc

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

      This converter box works great I used a MacMini with a thunderbolt cable, downloaded the latest software and started importing via component in no time. The unit will get hot and in turn you'll see black flashes, so I just unplugged it and have it some time to cool down and it fixed the flashes.

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      4.0

      love it

      By Andre

      from Chicago

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Customize

      Cons

      • Up To Date Drivers

      Best Uses

      • Multimedia

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

      every thing work , put i wish they had the up to date drivers on CD.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      GREAT PRODUCT

      By Ryan the Coach

      from Ann Arbor, MI

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
      • Easy to Customize
      • Easy to Navigate
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Educational Purposes
        • Multimedia

        Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

        I am technologically challenged at the best of times. So when I find a product that actually does what it promises and works first time without needing to even read the instruction manual, I am hooked. This product worked without any issues straight out the package. Compared to all the other issues we've had with our video analysis systems.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Like Magic!

        By Zehrer

        from Minnesota

        About Me Educator

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Difficult to Navigate

        Best Uses

        • Educational Purposes
        • Multimedia

        Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

        Purchased this to work with a Canon Vixia camera and Wirecast 5. This works like a charm! It was a little confusing getting it to work out, but I found the info I needed in the Wirecast and Blackmagic forums to get things rolling. With any luck, I'll be purchasing a second in the next few weeks. You either need a high level of persistance or tech savy to get this working.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        2.0

        Build quality is questionable!

        By Cable Guy

        from New York, NY

        About Me Sporadic Video Recordings

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Multimedia

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

          It works well, comes with software CD. The little box is lightweight, plasticky and probably will not last forever, judging the flimsy RCA connectors and other components. Be careful if you drop it.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          1.0

          If It At Least Worked...

          By Claudio Lessa

          from Rockville, MD

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Pretty Looking And Small

          Cons

          • Does Not Work At All
          • Expensive

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

            I ordered the Intensity Shuttle because when I upgraded my Mac to OSX 10.7.5 Lion (in order to use Final Cut Pro's new version), I was unable to capture video from the set top box as I used to do with my MOTU's HD Express. With the new Intensity Shuttle I would be able to capture video and import it directly to FCPro without the need to convert it, as I currently do. (I capture video using Final Cut Pro 7, convert it to the new format FCPro accepts and only then I am able to import/edit the piece.) I got my Intensity Shuttle with a lot of expectation. Operation should be pretty much straightforward: out from the settop box, in the Intensity Shuttle, out from the Thunderbolt port, in the computer. Video should be right there. Well... it should, but it never was. I tried everything: composite, component, HDMI, anything offered by the setup of the Shuttle. All I would get in the preview screen was black. All black. "No Remote" was a constant reminder at the bottom right of the preview screen. I went into my Mac's System Profiler/Thunderbolt and there it was: Intensity Shuttle, with all the bells and whistles, duly connected to my computer. However, no video, no audio whatsoever. Therefore, I felt let down. I feel I spent money for nothing, and I am still resourting to the old way of capturing video/audio with FCPro 7, spending a lot of time converting everything, and then importing/editing with FCPro 10.0.8. I even tried checking the black screen issue on the internet, and found it is, indeed, a recurring problem. In short, I believe I've lost my money and I am very disappointed -- something, by the way, very unusual regarding my previous experiences as a B&H customer.

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            5.0

            Did the job

            By Tech Girl

            from Winchester, VA

            About Me Media Services Coord

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Too Many Drivers On Disk

            Best Uses

            • Streaming Aid

            Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

            I bought this unit to connect an HDMI camer output into the Thunderbolt port of a Mac laptop. I needed it to send the camera picture to a streaming service for our university's graduation ceremony. After downloading the drivers, I did have to restart both the streaming program and the device application a couple of times to get the proper inputs and outputs to show, so I could select the sources I needed. Once established, the signal was seamless and we had no problem transmitting.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Amazing product for the price

            By Dainius

            from Ann Arbor, MI

            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

              The drivers have improved tremendously and I am running my Canon XA10 camcorder over 75' to the shuttle and then to a 2012 Mac mini i7 8g ram. I webcast using Wirecast to input the camera. After updating all hardware I was able to stream flawlessly. The only reason I did not give the product five stars is that the Interface needs LEDs to show connection both in and out. Black magic could also write an app showing the functioning of the connections. Great support from B&H as usual.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Doesn't allow you to keep dual monitors.

              By Idea Guy

              from Maryland

              About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Lacks Functionality

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • In The Studio
              • Single Monitor Configurat

              Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

              Was going to use this with podcasting rig, but wanted dual monitors and the intensity. Unfortunately, once the thunderbolt is connected, it takes over and the HDMI out will only display what the input is. So, you lose your dual monitor system. You have to get a much more powerful device to save the expanded desktop, weighing in around $1400. Confirmed by Blackmagic rep.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Analog transfer is complicated

              By ADS

              from NH

              About Me Hobbyist

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Limited Compatibility
              • Poor Instructions If Any

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies

              Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

              I recently purchased the Intensity Shuttle with thunderbolt to use with my i7 iMac. The purpose was to capture video from a VCR and an analog tape Sony camcorder in an uncompressed format for editing in imovie. I had been using a H.264 low-end capture device and it worked like a charm but the captured quality was poor. I did alot of research and reading of these forums before buying the BMIS. I noticed many users had issues capturing analog, but since I could return it within 30 days, I thought I'd give it a try. Thanks to those who posted on this site (esp Todd from Ohio), I knew to download the software directly & not use the installation disc. All was fine until I hooked up the vcr - blank screen and then a few blips of images -- "flickering" as someone called it. I hooked up the camcorder and the same thing but more flashes of images. I was about ready to return it and then.....More research: a time base corrector was needed? I don't think so!! I thought to hook up the combo VCR/DVD recorder unit we had with our TV & use it as an output to the shuttle. I theorized that it would have whatever was needed to optimize analog to digital for the purposes of direct DVD recording. And it worked. I also connected the camcorder to this unit and ran the video through it to the shuttle. So those of you who can't get analog capture to work, try using this type of set-up. I have a Panasonic DMR-EZ48V. Also, when you notice you get no audio through media express during capture, it is not the computer's fault. The tech at BlackMagic told me to connect speakers to the audio-out on the shuttle. Have yet to do this, since now I have to buy an adapter. The audio does capture (tested later in quicktime) but you can't hear it while the capture is taking place. Sometimes you can hear the audio on playback within media express and sometimes not. I am still within my return period, so the jury is still out. I will import to imovie to edit and then burn to dvd. Hope the interlacing effect will not show in the final result. The main drawback to this product is minimal information about the settings, etc. This takes a huge amount of time.

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              1.0

              Do not waste your money and time

              By altaf khan

              from Atlanta GA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Lacks Functionality
                • Limited Compatibility
                • Poor Design
                • Poor Performance
                • Pricey / Poor Value

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

                  you have to be rocket scientist to figure this out, i bought everything which was recommended by BH and Black magic, new imac pro, HDMI cable, thunderbolt cable, first of all you have to figure out yourself which software to download, it is not easy..you have to take a guess, spend almost 6 hours to find the software...and never work all together i had wasted almost 24 hours and messed up my whole family reunion, which was suppose to be live streaming.....and offcourse tech support was closed on friday till 4 and never work on weekends. piece of junk,,, do not wast your time....only good thing throughout the whole thing was BH great customer service. i wish i've use some other product. i am shipping the whole thing back.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Lacking Full Compatibility Description

                  By teubanks

                  from Tulsa, OK

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Limited Compatibility

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

                  I purchased the shuttle for a mac mini 8gb ram and 2.3 i5, thunderbolt enabled computer. The only compatability list says thunderbolt enabled mac but this is not true. After reading through their support documents, this device is only compatible with a few iMacs and a few mac book pros. We have all macs in our facility, 1 Mac Pro 8 Core with 12GB Ram and SSD drives (my video editor), 10 iMacs with one being purchased less than 2 months ago from Apple. None of which are fast enough to read or write footage through this device any higher than SD 30fps. Since they don't specify how fast of Solid State Drive, processor, or RAM it needs, this is going to be a trial and error as I upgrade computers in the building and test it. Their disk speed test software is free and should be downloaded before purchasing the device because unless you have a ridiculously fast computer, this won't work for you. Seems like a nice device. Does NOT come with a Thunderbolt cable, which is $xx, unfortunately.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Works great!

                  By MC

                  from nashville, tn

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

                    No problems at all.

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                    • No

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                    1.0

                    BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT!

                    By Wingman

                    from pasco, wa

                    About Me IT Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • None

                    Cons

                    • Lacks Functionality
                    • Limited Compatibility
                    • Poor Design
                    • Pricey / Poor Value

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

                      My main goal was to use this to stream my video camera to Ustream with my mac mini.

                      Spent a whole day trying to figure out which driver to install and once I got it installed I couldn't get it to work.

                      Found out it killed my thunderbolt cable! After I returned my TB cable and got a new one I called customer service and OMG WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO REALLY!

                      They wanted me to PAY to ship the product back to them so they can check it out and then they would ship it back to me! REDICULOUS!

                      Finally they sent me a new one and it only took me 8 hours to figure out that the STUPID thing needs to be set at 1080p 60hz in the System Prefs and 1080p 59.98hz on the software. Dumbest thing I have ever heard of... AND ITS NOT DOCUMENTED ANYWHERE!

                      After I got it working I also found out that when you aren't using your computer it doesn't passthrough. UGH! JUST ANNOYING!!!!!!!!!

                      DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                      4.0

                      works as a webcam source but with issues

                      By secret_admirer

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Hobbyist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                      • Lacks Functionality
                      • Limited Compatibility

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Independent Films

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

                      It gets the work done, ie it allows you to connect an HDMI source to your computer and use it for example as a web camera. I used it with Macbook Pro/Lion.

                      Issues I encountered are:
                      1) you need to know exactly what is the HDMI signal you get, ie 720p 24fps, since I did not know I had to go one by one. It took me probably 20 minutes to find out that my camera was producing 59i.
                      2) I use the camera as my web camera. Unfortunately, blackmagic drivers register one camera source for each of the possible input combinations combinations. The drop down in a flash application that would use the camera is simply huge. Configuring settings in the control panel of my Mac does not help. Now the worst part is that if the settings of your camera are somewhere at the bottom of the list and the flash application is written poorly, the drop down that allows you to choose which camera you want to use is simply cut somewhere in the middle. So, you CANNOT choose the right camera.
                      3) disconnecting the device immediately puts all the processes that can use the camera such as flash player, blackmagic studio, skype to start using 200% of CPU. So you have to kill them all
                      4) applications that expect 4/3 aspect gets screwd as the HDMI input will produce only 16/9 aspect ratio. So, both Skype and poorly written Flash apps (that would not allow you to choose the aspect) will get vertically stretched images.

                      The limitation 2) is mostly because of the poorly written default settings of flash applications not expecting that the computer might have 20 cameras connecting it.

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                      2.0

                      Not Dependable

                      By Chris

                      from Raleigh, NC

                      About Me Business Owner

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                      • Poor Performance

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

                      I have just returned this product. It only worked 1 out of 10 times. I would plug it in and would not touch anything. After 10-15 minutes the computer would sometimes detect it, but for the most part, it would not. Even when it was detected, it would drop the connection. That being said, when it did work, it was a fantastic product. I loved how A) I could use my Mac Book Pro and an external monitor. B) I could record HQ Pro Res raw footage. The software was effecient and easy to use. I have talked to other users and they both said that they had the same problems. So, I think I am going to go with an actual recorder that has an SGI output. Something a little more reliable.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Product

                      By Alejo33

                      from Long Island, NY

                      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

                        Is easy to use. Is simple to configure for start digitize video quickly.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Thunderbolt Intensity Shuttle (Mac)

                        By epdfilm

                        from Glendale, Ca

                        About Me Indie Filmmaker

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Highly Compatible

                        Cons

                        • Cheap Build
                        • Poor Design

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

                        Has a cheap plastic feel and had a slight rattle - - something was loose inside. Didn't work initially because of something with software. Had to install and re-install a couple of time and called Blackmagic Support. However, it work now for FCP X, Premiere, AE, Avid Mc and Resolve

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                        4.0

                        Good device, minor issues with syncing

                        By ACutadean

                        from Lexington, KY

                        About Me Streaming Engineer, Videographer

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                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powered from Thunderbolt
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                        • Limited Compatibility
                        • Pastic exterior

                        Best Uses

                        • Field Production
                        • Home Movies
                        • In The Studio
                        • Live streaming

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt:

                        The Intensity Shuttle Thunderbolt is light weight with plenty of features. If you are using consumer grade video interfaces this is a cost effective way to get a very high quality capture from your source.We got the Intensity Shuttle to use with our late 2011 MacBook Pro and Wirecast. It took a couple restarts before the system recognized the device after installing the bundled software, but since then it has worked without issue. It wasn't clear what software needed to be installed since it looks like Blackmagic includes one disc for all of their products, and the manual was no help either. After a little prodding and searching the internet I discovered which packages were relevant to my hardware.The only issue I have had during capture is that I have been unable to get my D800 to sync in 1080p mode. 720p60 is the only mode it will see it in, which is sufficient for what we are using it for now, but I would prefer the ability to capture at a higher resolution. I have successfully paired my D800 to displays at 1080p and I am aware of the simultaneous capture issue that limits output to 720p, so that was not the issue. We also have used this with our Canon Vixia HF S30 at 1080i with no problems.Overall, this device has a great design and is packed with features. Blackmagic has hit a great price point for this product that produces professional quality.

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